NEW BRITAIN - Artists for World Peace will be bringing their Peace Wall to the Stockman Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 3, to raise money for a group that sponsors free eye clinics for Native Americans in South Dakota.
The event, which will include live painting, music and light refreshments, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at 19 Chestnut St. At least 500 Connecticut artists will donate their works.
According to Wendy Black-Nasta, founder of Artists for World Peace, the Peace Wall started in 2017. It is a wall consisting of hundreds of 6-by-6 canvases. Artists have donated more than 2,000 paintings since its inception.
The Peace Wall has been brought to Connecticut locations including Middletown, New Haven, West Hartford, Bethany and Branford, as well as New York City and Italy.
The ultimate goal is to bring it to a private location on the Mexican border to symbolize a bridge of unity.
About 200 Central Connecticut State University students will display their paintings and Artists for World Peace will award $300 scholarships to four of them. Three of the scholarships will be based on the quality of the students’ paintings and one will be awarded to the winner of a popular vote.
Paintings sell for $50 each and the money goes to the Native Eyes Project, which hosts free eye clinics for the Native American communities in South Dakota as well as in Uncasville.
Artists for World Peace opened its first eye clinic in Tanzania. Last year the organization hosted its first eye clinic in the United States, on the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota.
Artists for World Peace will bring the clinic to South Dakota once a year for four years.
On Oct. 6 and 7, the organization brought the eye clinic to the Connecticut reservation.
Sponsors such as the Alliance Club, TotalVision, Lions Club of Connecticut and Massachusetts, Middlesex Community College, and Eye Doctors of Guilford and Old Saybrook have donated new frames and lenses. Vision Care for Life donated 250 new frames for the Uncasville clinic.
Artists for World Peace was founded in September 2003 by Black-Nasta, who is also the designer of the International Peace Belt. It is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for artistic expression and raises money for humanitarian causes.
To learn more about Artists for World Peace visit www.artistsforworldpeace.org or look for the organization’s Facebook page.
Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.